Bloomberg's reporting on a Chinese seeding attack on motherboard supply chains is still developing. Bloomberg is standing by its story. Amazon and Apple, both cited in the reporting as having noticed the malicious chips and reported their presence quietly to US authorities, flatly deny the story. The UK's National Cyber Security Centre says it has "no reason to doubt" Amazon and Apple. Bloomberg sourced its story to anonymous US officials and industry figures. It's not identifying them, Bloomberg says, because of the sensitivity of material they discussed. However the story eventually settles, concerns about Chinese involvement in the supply chain are unlikely to be resolved quickly. Lenovo and ZTE, neither of which are mentioned in Bloomberg's report, have already seen their stock prices punished today as speculators clearly think the entire Chinese hardware industry is likely to suffer.
The exposure and denunciation of hacking by Russia's GRU by several Western nations is being regarded as a hard push back at Russia's assertiveness in cyberspace, and offers a good example of what imposing consequences can look like. Ridicule and embarrassment are among those consequences: the GRU is convincingly portrayed as a crew of vicious stumblebums. Russian counter thrusts in this information battle include angry dismissal of the accusations and a (fairly preposterous) claim that the US is running a secret biowar facility in the country of Georgia. Moscow's information operations may be overreaching.
The Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate will become the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.